Remembering Bob Mulholland

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It is with great sadness that we share that beloved Academy faculty member and friend, Bob Mulholland has passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Bob taught at the very first session of the first Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Stephen Bryant, a participant in Academy #1 who later became the Publisher and World Editor of The Upper Room says, “I remember him well from that first Academy session, the first course, on The Role of Scripture in Spiritual Formation. Over the years, that course—and Bob’s way of talking about scripture—became foundational to the Academy experience and the work of The Upper Room.”

Bob's lectures from that first Academy became the book Shaped by the Word (Upper Room Books), which has continued to be a blessing to Academy participants and many others for over 30 years. He continued to teach at Academies from that point on, serving as faculty at twenty Two-Year Academies and at least thirteen Five-Day Academies. Most often, he taught the course on New Testament Spirituality.

Bob’s influence in The Academy went beyond his teaching. He was a member of the Academy Advisory Board for many years, lending his expertise and commitment to ecumenical Christian spirituality to the overall Academy ministry. In fact, Bob’s definition for spiritual formation as the process of being shaped in the image of Christ for the sake of the world is still widely used in The Academy to this day.

Bob’s wife Lynn (shown with him in the photo), often traveled with him to Academy events. Please pray for Lynn and their children and family as they grieve his loss.

As we receive information about services, an obituary, and where you can send condolences, we will post that information on this page, so be sure to check back.

We give thanks for the gift of Bob's life and for his friendship. May we all live in a way that honors the many ways God has shaped us through Bob’s presence and teaching.

Update from Lynn Mulholland on 12-28-2015:

For those who have asked we will have a Memorial Service at the Shirley Community Church, Shirley, Maine, on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.  We will plan a Memorial Service in Wilmore, Kentucky, sometime in the spring TBA.

Friends who want to do something have asked what, so in lieu of flowers you are welcome to send a gift to Shirley Community Church, P.O. Box 44, Shirley, ME 04485 (Bob was Pastor); or Transforming Center (where Bob taught) 209 S. Naperville, Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187 or online at indicating in honor or memory of Bob (The Transforming Center is a 501C3 not for profit organization); or The Academy for Spiritual Formation, (where Bob taught) P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004, or online with a credit card at, or by phone at 1-877-899-2780 ext. 7233, indicating that in honor or memory of Bob Mulholland so all gifts will be put in the Academy Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Again thank you for your love and thoughts and prayers which rose like a cloud to support us, and I’m still resting on it.  I love you.

Update from Lynn Mulholland on 2-15-2016:

The Memorial Service for Bob will be held at 2:00pm Eastern, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Estes Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.